Health Sciences (AS) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Associate of Science

Health Sciences


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Health Sciences Program Requirements

The A.S. degree is a 60-unit program that prepares students for a wide range of career options in the health sciences field.

English Communication

6 Credits

COMM 105

Public Communication

3 Credits

Practical instruction on how to speak effectively and basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

ENGL 105

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to academic research and writing at the university level. Particular attention is paid to responding to university-level writing prompts, defining and identifying academic sources, integrating academic sources in their writing, and defining and practicing academic integrity. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Arts & Humanties

6 Credits

ARTS 110

Introduction to Art

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the visual arts and architecture of various times and cultures with a focus on interpretation and meaning-making, consideration of the role of visual arts in building and responding to culture. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of art and architecture with the aim of expanding students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

PHIL 210

Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.

Quantitative Reasoning

3 Credits

STAT 280

Applied Statistics

3 Credits

Introductory statistics with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge. Students learn sampling techniques for data collection, summarize statistical information using numeric values and graphical displays, and analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Credits

PSYC 105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

Social Sciences

3 Credits

HIST 202

World Civilizations

3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial, and national identities; capitalism, colonialism, and development; ecological imperialism; religious movements; industrialization; and modernization. Prerequisite: ENG 105.


HIST 204

U.S. History from 1865

3 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the major developments of U.S. history from the Reconstruction Era through recent times. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Students develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course.


HIST 420

United States History and the Constitution

3 Credits

Exploration of United States history from pre-colonization until the Industrial Revolution. Candidates reflect on the importance of democracy and the Constitution as a lens for understanding democratic principles that serve as the foundation of our political system. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students cannot earn credit for both HIS 203 and HIS 420.

Physical and Biological Sciences

4 Credits

CHEM 115

Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab

4 Credits

This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credits.

LAPU Distinctives

9 Credits

BIBL 100

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

3 Credits

This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.

BIBL 230

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

3 Credits

This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.

ISTU 101

Success in the University

3 Credits

This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to Los Angeles Pacific University, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Students are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, a strengths-based approach to learning and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.

Health Sciences

26 Credits

PSYC 295

Human Growth and Development

3 Credits

An extensive study of psychological development from conception through death. This multidisciplinary approach examines the effects of psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, biological, spiritual, moral, and related factors that impact human development.

BIOL 225


4 Credits

Fundamental microbiological principles and laboratory techniques with an emphasis on disease-causing microorganisms, new and old methods of disease treatment and prevention, and host immune responses. Prerequisite: BIO 230 or BIO 240. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.

BIOL 230

Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab

4 Credits

The structure and function of cells and tissues; anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.

BIOL 240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Credits

Continuation of the study of body systems started in BIO 230 including the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 230. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.


HSCI 100

Introduction to Health and Disease

3 Credits

Introductory examination of the causes and consequences of disease and the promotion of individual, family, and community health. The course covers public health, social science, and behavioral science findings. Examples of topics covered include major chronic and infectious diseases, mental health, reproductive health, and drug and alcohol use and misuse. Coursework emphasizes Identification of healthy personal behaviors that promote wellness and minimize unhealthy lifestyle.

HSCI 105

Nutrition and Wellness

3 Credits

Nutrition and its specific impact on wellness and health risks. Topics explored are dietary-related disease (e.g., coronary heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, gluten allergies), obesity in the U.S., malnutrition among the youth and the elderly, nutrition-based interventions, and others.

HSCI 110

U.S. Healthcare Systems

3 Credits

Broad overview of the healthcare system in the United States. Topics include a historic examination of the healthcare system in America; universal, primary, private, and managed care; advances in medical technology; best practices for healthcare providers; informatics; gerontology and long-term care; and healthcare reform and policy.

MATH 125

College Algebra

3 Credits

A study of functions (linear, quadratic, polynomial, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic) and their graphs. Additional topics include solving equations and inequalities, matrices, and sequences and series. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

NSCI 100

General Physics for Health Sciences/Lab

4 Credits

Introductory exploration of mechanics, waves, fluids, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and assorted topics in modern physics. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit. Formerly: PHYS 100.

General Electives

2 Credits

Students may fulfill General Elective requirements using any 100+ level college or university course. The elective requirement provides students an opportunity to pursue interests beyond program requirements.

Total Credits

60 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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